Pakistan has never elected someone like Trump into power: Asma Jahangir

Published: December 8, 2015


Pakistanis on Tuesday denounced Donald Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, dismissing the US Republican presidential front-runner as a bigot who promoted violence.

Trump’s statement on “preventing Muslim immigration” drew swift and fierce criticism from many directions at home, including the from the White House and rivals for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Trump, responding to last week’s California shooting spree by two Muslims who the Federal Bureau of Investigation said had been radicalised, called for a complete block on Muslims entering the United States “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on”.

Donald Trump calls for barring Muslims from entering US

“It’s so absurd a statement that I don’t even wish to react to it,” said Asma Jahangir, one of Pakistan’s most prominent human rights lawyers.

“This is the worst kind of bigotry mixed with ignorance. I would imagine that someone who is hoping to become president of the US doesn’t want to compete with an ignorant criminal-minded mullah of Pakistan who denounces people of other religions … Although we are not as advanced as the US, we have never elected such people to power in Pakistan.”

Tahir Ashrafi, the head of the Ulema Council, Pakistan’s biggest council of Muslim clerics, said Trump’s comments promoted violence.

“If some Muslim leader says there is a war between Christians and Muslims, we condemn him. So why should we not condemn an American if he says that?” “Islamic State is a problem of Syria, not religion. If you solve the Syria issue, 75 per cent of the IS problem will be solved.”

Muslim Americans beg Trump to stop accusations

Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman Armanatha Nasir said his government would not comment on election campaigns in other countries, while adding that his country had made know its position on terrorism. ”

As the country with the biggest Muslim population in the world, Indonesia affirms that Islam teaches peace and tolerance,” he told Reuters.

“Acts of terror do not have any relation with any religion or country or race.” Trump’s comments at a rally on Monday in South Carolina prompted criticism from Republican former Vice President Dick Cheney and Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, who said Trump was “unhinged”.

Political correctness should not prevent ‘profiling’ of Muslims perceived as threat: Trump

They followed last week’s killings in San Bernardino, California, by a Muslim couple. The husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, was US-born. The wife, Tashfeen Malik, was born in Pakistan and came to the United States from Saudi Arabia.

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  • vinsin
    Dec 8, 2015 - 3:55PM

    Who was Jinnah then? Where are Pakistani Hindus and minorities then? Recommend

  • so
    Dec 8, 2015 - 3:56PM

    mr trump is disgusting.. I hope Americans don’t elect him otherwise iam afraid America is doomed because bigotry leads to catastropheRecommend

  • GKA
    Dec 8, 2015 - 3:59PM

    The narrative is being lost on a global scale. And muslims refuse to share thier burden of this loss of narrative – “it is not us, they are not muslims, this is not islam” is all they say.

    Rudyard Kipling made a racist comment about the ‘white man’s burden’ to civilize the world. While the statement is reprehensible, But at one level perhaps he was right – because the muslim world refuses to take responsibility for itself – so it is the white man’s burdenRecommend

  • GKA
    Dec 8, 2015 - 4:00PM

    But Pakistan did say that muslims are a seperate nation – and should be seperate from others. How is that different from what Donald is saying – he wants muslims seperate. Recommend

    Dec 8, 2015 - 4:05PM

    Now I can say

    God bless America


  • Bharat
    Dec 8, 2015 - 4:11PM

    we have never elected such people to power in Pakistan.

    Who cares, what kind of people you elect? Such people remain in power in Pakistan, even if you don’t elect them. Do you know Zia?Recommend

  • Uday
    Dec 8, 2015 - 4:37PM

    Yes those who are elected are just rubber stamps of a dictatorial army head unlike the US presidentsRecommend

  • Junaid
    Dec 8, 2015 - 5:19PM

    I think it’ll be interesting to see whether they elect Trump or not. Also what he actually does once elected.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Dec 8, 2015 - 5:22PM

    On that score, at least Asma doesn’t have to worry !Recommend

  • Clockboy Ahmed
    Dec 8, 2015 - 6:10PM

    Nor have elected any Abraham Lincoln either to help minorities feel secure.Recommend

  • Hellodrsoul
    Dec 8, 2015 - 6:21PM

    Americans should see what is hapening in Modi’s India. The same ll happen to them if they elected someone like Trump. In india these days Hindu Taliban are on the rise. The world can’t afford to see White American Taliban.Recommend

  • James
    Dec 8, 2015 - 6:22PM

    What is meant by two-nation theory Ms. Jahangir….Could you please elaborate on it before criticizing Trump…….?Recommend

  • Anon
    Dec 8, 2015 - 6:26PM

    Pre-1947, most Muslims of Indian subcontinent said they cannot live with Hindus and they are a separate nation…….and now Mr. Trump saying, American cannot live with Muslims since their ideology and belief are contrary to American values….Recommend

  • Allah Rukha
    Dec 8, 2015 - 6:26PM

    Trump is following the populist political religious demagogy as a presidential candidate.

    Z.A Bhutto and Gen. Zia already did that and Imran Khan is doing that.

    From a former tiger of Imran Khan

  • Babloo
    Dec 8, 2015 - 6:39PM

    Pakistan does nnot need to elect someone like Trump. Regular Pakistanis have done the job. Just look up % of minorities ( Hindus and Sikhs ) in Pakistan at partition and today.Recommend

  • Singh
    Dec 8, 2015 - 6:54PM

    O Ms. Asma let me jog your memory about Gen ZIA.Recommend

  • wb
    Dec 8, 2015 - 6:54PM

    Pakistan didn’t elect a Trump, but pretty much 180 million of you are Trumps.

    Also, Vinsim made a very apt point. The whole creation of Pakistan was based on Trump-like ideas.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 8, 2015 - 7:01PM

    Any type of discrimination is wrong but nobody has said anything about those 25% American Muslims who are ISIS supporters and 51% who want Sharia law in America. They are the ones who will get Trump to presidency. Recommend

  • Trollslayer
    Dec 8, 2015 - 7:42PM

    I don’t have a problem with Trump’s platform. Muslim immigrants from countries like Pakistan and GCC should be barred from entering the US, so the rest of the assimilated American Muslims can live in peace.Recommend

  • curious2
    Dec 8, 2015 - 8:43PM

    Agree that Pakistan would never elect a White Christian but that doesn’t mean that Pakistan doesn’t have it’s share of politicians pandering simplistic solutions. Anybody remember IK promises of eliminating corruption in 90 days or predicting the Taliban would lay down their arms if only the American’s would stop drone attacks? Like it or not every country has Trumps – fortunately most don’t get to be PM/Presidents.Recommend

  • curious2
    Dec 8, 2015 - 9:22PM

    Although we are not as advanced as the US, we have never elected such people to power in Pakistan.
    Neither has the USA – remember Trump has never been elected to any political office. In the USA you have a right of Freedom of Speech – it is sometime offensive but it works because the best way to expose an idiot-bigot is to allow them to spout off.Recommend

  • abhi
    Dec 8, 2015 - 10:07PM


    Are you supporting Trump?Recommend

  • curious2
    Dec 8, 2015 - 10:10PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:

    Any type of discrimination is wrong
    but nobody has said anything about
    those 25% American Muslims who are
    ISIS supporters and 51% who want
    Sharia law in America.

    What’s the support for that statement?Recommend

  • Parvez
    Dec 8, 2015 - 11:32PM

    Firstly Trump has not been elected as yet……and you are right Zia was not elected.Recommend

  • Bacchus Piggawala
    Dec 9, 2015 - 12:08AM

    Aasma Ji, Correction. Pakistan elected ZAB who then declared a muslim sect (Ahmadis) as non-muslim. This is worse than what Trump is saying.Recommend

  • cosmo
    Dec 9, 2015 - 12:52AM

    May be, but they did elect someone who led massacre of Begalis, attack on Kashmir in 1948, 1965, and 1999, those that have passed Blasphemy law, those that have passed anti ahmedi laws!!Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 9, 2015 - 1:37AM

    @curious2: The figures of 25% and 51% are from a very credible survey which Trump mentioned in his statement. None from media, Muslim organizations and Obama administration has challenged these figures. Recommend

  • sabi
    Dec 9, 2015 - 2:21AM

    I can assure you that you are a misinformed person as far as the reality for Hindu Sikh population in west Pakistan is concerned.

    You have comprehension problems.Zia was not elected.

    “Who was Jinnah”
    A man who dismissed Gandhi’s chauvinism.Recommend

  • np
    Dec 9, 2015 - 4:30AM

    I saw a lot of comments that said that Farook was US’s problem because his parents had immigratedm Pakistan and he was born in the US.So hoS deal with such situations where foreigners choose not to integrate and present a threat to local ppulace despite getting citizenship and equal rights?Recommend

  • gp65
    Dec 9, 2015 - 4:35AM

    @Parvez: But Bhutto who criminalized Ahmadi worship was. Jinnah who said Muslims were a sepa nation alsoelected.Recommend

  • Ayati
    Dec 9, 2015 - 4:53AM

    Asmaji, how many times did Pakistan actually “elect”a leader since it’s inception!?Recommend

  • brar
    Dec 9, 2015 - 7:18AM

    @Hellodrsoul: What is happening in India , I belongs to a minority religion less 1.5 percent but a man from my religion was the PM of India can I expect any non Muslim to even head the Pakistan Army, four Sikhs have headed the Indian Army and the man who was honoured with Chief Marshal was from a community which can be counted on fingers. And the whole knows what is going on in a country where even the Muslims are also not secure, what to talk of Ahamdis, Shias who are 20% are regularly killed remember Kot Radha Kishan and convertion of Hindu girls. Why Hindus,Christians,Shias leaving Pakistan, they must have some problems but u will talk about a stray incedent but not about mass killings going on since 1970,how many non Muslims are on death row and jail due blasphemy law which is .applicable to minorties not majority, Sharam tum ko magar ati nahin/Recommend

  • komal s
    Dec 9, 2015 - 8:14AM

    OK Ms. Jehangir, unlike Pakistan the the minority population did jot reduce by 80% in USA. Unlike Pakistan, USA does not have blasphemy law targeting minorities. Unlike Pakistan, people of minority faith are not forcibly converted in USA. Unlike Pakistan all citizens are equal in the eye of the constitution in USA. Please resolve these issues before lecturing other nations.Recommend

  • Syed
    Dec 9, 2015 - 9:21AM

    @James: Ask Palestinians, what does “country” meant – then you will understand two nation theory.Recommend

  • Kickass
    Dec 9, 2015 - 9:31AM

    Like most US citizens Trump is an ‘uneducated’ man with poor broughtup. We saw George W Bush who was reelected and what he did to the world peace which was started by his Dad another clueless man. A US magazine compared the younger Bush to a village idiot. What more do you want. Trump beats Bush.Recommend

  • Arslan
    Dec 9, 2015 - 11:07AM

    No, we elected worse!Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Dec 9, 2015 - 5:13PM

    Muslims must boycott the West to teach them a lesson !!Recommend

  • Singh
    Dec 9, 2015 - 6:44PM

    He did have one presidential election.Recommend

  • Naresh
    Dec 10, 2015 - 1:42AM

    @Ashraf: Muslims must boycott the West to teach them a lesson !!
    Sir – Very Easy to say. Impossible to do.

  • Pakistani Sindhi
    Dec 13, 2015 - 2:42AM


    Pakistan does not call itself secular country to elect a non-Muslim to lead the vast majority of Muslim nation. India calls itself a secular state, but it has never elected prime minister, army chief from biggest minority (i-e ‘Muslims’).

    Are Muslims in Kashmir safe from Indian military rule? In India, Muslims (either Shia, Sunni, Ahmadi), Christians and Sikhs are under constant threat.

    Shias, Christians and Hindus are leaving Pakistan? LOL :-) Where will they go from Pakistan? Don’t talk without proof and evidence.Recommend

  • Pakistani Sindhi
    Dec 13, 2015 - 2:42AM

    Zia was not elected by people of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Pakistani Sindhi
    Dec 13, 2015 - 2:46AM

    @Bacchus Piggawala:

    Aasma Ji, Correction. Pakistan elected
    ZAB who then declared a muslim sect
    (Ahmadis) as non-muslim. This is worse
    than what Trump is saying.

    ZAB proved the fact that they were not Muslims anywhere; nowhere it says that Ahmadis should be expelled or do not enter Pakistan. What Trump is saying is worst, expelling and barring Muslims entering the United States.

    Use logic and sense before commenting please!Recommend

  • Pakistani Sindhi
    Dec 13, 2015 - 2:58AM


    What is meant by two-nation theory Ms.
    Jahangir….Could you please elaborate
    on it before criticizing Trump…….?

    Ongoing worst treatment of Indian-Muslims in contemporary India makes ‘two-nation’ theory a wonderful decision taken by Muslims of Subcontinent.

    Our elders refused to be going to be ruled by Hindu-majority leadership in New Delhi and Indian military. They refused to be told not to sacrifice “cows” on their religious festival (doing so would cost them lives, even on false rumors). Our elders vowed to educate their children unlike Indian Muslims, vast majority of whom lack education.

    So read and see all angles….Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Jan 4, 2016 - 2:40AM

    @GKA: you are correct. With thousands of uneducated unskilled Muslims running to Europe they really have become white man’s burden. Europe will have to clothe, feed and provide shelter for them while they do nothing but eat up welfare dollars of European nations.Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Jan 4, 2016 - 2:46AM

    When someone says I do not want to react to a statement like that you can be sure they will spend minutes on that very same statement. Ms. jahangir has done exactly that. Recommend

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